Joseph Barbera, creator of Scooby-Doo and Fred Flintstone, has died at age 95. His partner Joseph Hanna died in 2001, and Hanna-Barbera is now part of Time-Warner. Barbera was in the Warner animation studios pitching ideas up until a few weeks ago, according to his obit (registration required) in the Lost Angeles Times.
In an unrelated event, the cable network TVLand has declared Fred Flintstone’s “Yabba-dabba-doo!” to be the 9th-greatest TV catchphrase of all time. The full list of quotes and catchphrases includes some undeniable hits (“No soup for you!” and “Live long and prosper”) and some deniable ones (“Oh, my nose” and “I love it when a plan comes together”).
The #1 entry? “Herrrrre’s Johnny!”
A Who2 favorite, John Banner, cracks the list at #75 with “I know noooothing.”